The Independence High

School Bulldogs capitalized

on a solid regular season

campaign in 2019-2020 by

winning their opening round

home playoff game over Ft.

Scott last Wednesday, and

were just one win away from

clinching a berth at State in

Salina. However, after a hardfought

road battle versus Ottawa

on Saturday, March 7,

Indy’s season ended in a 48-

42 loss.

The Bulldogs fell behind in

the opening period, trailing

14-9 at the end of the fi rst,

but responded well and went

into the locker room with a

narrow 21-20 lead.

Ottawa regained the lead

after halftime, going up 34-30

after three quarters of action,

then edged Independence out

with a handful of clutch free

throws in the fourth to hang

on for the 48-42 fi nal. The

Bulldogs went 6-7 at the charity

stripe in the fourth quarter,

while Ottawa was just

6-11, but it proved to be just

enough in the end.

“The boys played hard all

night. We had some tough

breaks that didn’t go our way,”

Indy Head Coach Marcul Lanning

lamented after the tough

loss.

Senior guard Jaden McGrath

scored a team-high 11 points

for the ‘Dogs, followed by fellow

seniors Davion Lewis and

Amauryon Farley with nine

and eight, respectively, while

emerging freshman big man

Easton Ewing scored seven —

all in the fi rst half.

Lanning was happy with

his team’s perseverance and

wanted to give a shoutout to

his departing Class of 2020 as

he concluded, “We fought to

the end and didn’t leave anything

on the court. Seniors did

a great job this year. They definitely

left their mark on the

basketball program at IHS.”